flounder Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"flounder" in British English

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flounderverb [I]

uk   /ˈflaʊn.dər/  us   /-dɚ/
to ​experiencegreat difficulties or be ​completelyunable to ​decide what to do or say next: He ​lost the next ​page of his ​speech and floundered around/about for a few ​seconds. Although his ​business was a ​success, his ​marriage was floundering. Richardson ​resigned as ​chairman, ​leaving the ​company floundering.

floundernoun [C or U]

uk   /ˈflaʊn.dər/  us   /-dɚ/ (plural flounder or flounders)
a ​flatseafish that can be ​eaten
(Definition of flounder from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"flounder" in American English

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flounderverb [I]

 us   /ˈflɑʊn·dər/

flounder verb [I] (MOVE AWKWARDLY)

to move ​awkwardly or to be in an ​awkward or ​difficultsituation: She floundered around in the ​water. He ​lost the next ​page of his ​speech and floundered for a few ​seconds. His ​business was ​flourishing, but his ​marriage was floundering.

floundernoun [C]

 us   /ˈflɑʊn·dər/ (plural flounder)

flounder noun [C] (FISH)

a ​flatfish that is used as ​food
(Definition of flounder from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"flounder" in Business English

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flounderverb [I]

uk   us   /ˈflaʊndər/
to have serious ​financial or ​economic problems: Stock ​markets all over the ​world are floundering ​due to the ​currentrecession. In spite of a slight ​increase in ​exports, the ​economy continues to flounder.
floundering
adjective [before noun]
a floundering ​stockmarket/​economy/​business
(Definition of flounder from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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